Ander Crenshaw

‘Zombie’ spending marches on as HR 1 faces Senate death, complaint says
Measure would address alleged misuse of campaign accounts after lawmakers leave office

Allegations of using campaign money for personal expenses after leaving office is the subject of a Federal Elections complaint against former Republican Rep. Ander Crenshaw of Florida. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As the Senate prepares to face off in the coming weeks over House Democrats’ sweeping political ethics overhaul bill, a provision aimed to curtail so-called “Zombie” campaign spending is getting renewed attention. 

That’s the use of campaign money to pay for personal expenses after a lawmaker has left office. And it’s the subject of two Federal Elections Commission complaints filed this week involving former Republican lawmakers, Florida’s Ander Crenshaw and Georgia’s John Linder

Lobbying After Congress Declines in Popularity
Roll Call looks at what alums of the 114th Congress are up to

Clockwise from top left: former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada, former Reps. Janice Hahn of California and Candice S. Miller of Michigan, former Sens. Barbara Boxer of California, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland and David Vitter of Louisiana, former Rep. Steve Israel of New York, former House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and former Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina. (Bill Clark and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photos)


Whether it was the ascension of Donald Trump, the endless vitriol of today’s politics or other factors, former members of the 114th Congress departed Washington in droves, a marked difference from previous Congresses when the most popular destinations for former members were D.C. lobbying firms.

Rutherford Released from Hospital
Congressman suffered ‘acute digestive flare up’ from reaction to antibiotic

Rep.John Rutherford, R-Fla., was released from the George Washington University Hospital Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., is recovering at his Washington residence after being released over the weekend from the George Washington University Hospital.

Rutherford was taken from the Capitol on a stretcher after suffering “significant discomfort” during House votes outside the floor. Doctors believe the “acute digestive flare up” he suffered was caused by a reaction to an antibiotic he was taking for a cold, Kelly Simpson, Rutherford’s chief of staff, said.

John Rutherford Continues Recuperation
In the House, new Intelligence Committee members announced

Florida Republican Rep. John Rutherford has been dealing with a health scare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Washington continues to prepare for the inauguration, one member looks to fully recover from a health scare, while others are settling into new roles on a key committee.

Florida Rep. John Rutherford is expected to be released from the hospital in “the next several days” after the freshman congressman suffered an “acute digestive flare up,” according to his chief of staff, Kelly Simpson.

Rutherford Recuperating in Hospital After House Health Scare
Freshman congressman suffering from ‘acute digestive flare up’

Then Rep.-elect John Rutherford talks with the media outside of the Capitol Hill Hotel on the day freshman members checked in for orientation in November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 1/12/17 at 9 a.m.

Florida Rep. John Rutherford is recuperating at a Washington, D.C. hospital after being carried from the Capitol on a stretcher Wednesday evening during House votes. 

Republican John Rutherford Elected in Florida’s 4th District
Takes retiring Rep. Ander Crenshaw’s seat

(Photo courtesy John Rutherford Facebook page)

Republican John Rutherford will defeat Democrat David E. Bruderly in Florida’s 4th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Rutherford led Bruderly 71.1 percent to 27.1 percent with 0 percent of precincts reporting. 

Florida House Primary Results: Contests Set in Tossup Seats; A Few New 115th Faces Likely Known
With redistricting earlier this year and many retirements, the Florida delegation is getting a makeover

Randy Perkins won the Democratic primary in Florida's 18th District, a tossup seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated as of 10: 50 p.m. | With Florida primary races now settled, the general election can begin to take shape in the state's two tossup seats that Democrats need to secure the House majority.

In Florida's 18th District, which Rep. Patrick Murphy is vacating to run for Senate, the national Democrats' preferred candidate won. Wealthy businessman Randy Perkins defeated Jonathan Chane. Perkins poured more than $3 million of his own money into his campaign and is prepared to spend much more in the general. 

Florida GOP Primaries Will Shape Next Year's Conference
Five of the state's 8 open seats are safe for Republicans

Mary Thomas, Republican candidate for Florida's 2nd District, has the support of the House Freedom Fund. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With a third of Florida's delegation retiring at the end of this term, open-seat races dot the Sunshine State's redistricted congressional map.

Five of the open eight House seats are in Safe Republican districts, which means the winners of Tuesday's primaries will likely be the next members of Congress.

Exit Interview: Rep. Ander Crenshaw
Florida Republican recalls traveling with President Bush the day before 9/11

Florida Rep. Ander Crenshaw says the first thing he'll do as an ex-member of Congress is take his grandkids for an orange freeze back home in Jacksonville. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

Rep. Ander Crenshaw, 71, was first elected in 2000. The Florida Republican announced in April that he would retire at the end of this term, his eighth in Congress.

Exit Interviews: Retiring House Members
6 retiring members of Congress share what they learned and offer advice

Departing members look forward to retirement and look back on a few memories. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Come January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office.

HOH asked several retiring members to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.